Ichikawa Kodanji as the Priest Kozen of Bukkoji Temple, 1861

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Ichikawa Kodanji as the Priest Kozen of Bukkoji Temple, 1861 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Ichikawa Kodanji as the Priest Kozen of Bukkoji Temple, 1861

Comments - Great kabuki portrait of Ichikawa Kodanji as the priest Kozen of Bukkoji Temple, ripping apart a book of sutras as he leans forward with an angry grimace. The priest had been praying for leniency in the case against the mayor Asakura Togo, who had bypassed the crooked local governor to petition the shogun for tax relief for his village, an offense punishable by death. After learning that Togo and his wife were crucified and their children killed, his rage transformed him into a demon. Flames can be seen at left, with smoke billowing up across the night sky. An expressive figure, nicely detailed with soft shading and handsome woodgrain impression on the smoke.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 13 1/2" x 9 5/8"

Condition - Good detail. Vertical fold at side. A few small repairs.

Ichikawa Kodanji as the Priest Kozen of Bukkoji Temple, 1861 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Ichikawa Kodanji as the Priest Kozen of Bukkoji Temple, 1861 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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